Corporal Andrew Brown

Corporal Andrew McCallum Brown, 4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in Holland on Active Service on 7th January 1945 aged 26. He had been born in Blackford, Perthshire to Andrew and Helen Steel and was the husband of Gladys Brown whom he had married in Melrose in 1944. He is buried in Brunssum War Cemetery, Holland. On 1st January 1945 the Battalion had moved from Holland into the Tripsrath area of Germany to relieve the 5th Highland Light Infantry and the 1st Gordon Highlanders. They then carried out patrolling duties and strengthened defences by constructing minefields. On 7th January the Battalion with Royal Engineer assistance were laying an anti tank grenade minefield when there was a huge explosion from the onloading point. Corporal Brown along with 16 comrades and 30 sappers were killed. Out of the 2,400 mines 2,350 had detonated. His Headstone is inscribed ” He Lives In My Heart For Ever Beloved And Unforgotten”.

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